Indonesia morning news for June 4

Indonesia morning news for June 4

Indonesia morning news

Joko gets building again
With his victory in the April polls confirmed by the elections commission on May 21, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is preparing to press ahead with an ambitious infrastructure drive in his second term, starting with 415 trillion rupiah (US$28.8 billion) allocated in the 2019 state budget.
— Bangkok Post

Nias in North Sumatra rattled by magnitude-6 quake
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that an earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit South Nias in North Sumatra Province on Monday afternoon.
— Antara News

Stoking investment, growth
Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has averaged 5 percent in the last few years, lower than the government target.
— The Jakarta Post

Banks in a bind as Indonesia looks to cut interest rates
After aggressively hiking rates six times last year, Bank Indonesia (BI) signalled this month it could follow other central banks in Asia by easing in a bid to fire up flatlining growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Intellasia

Senate approves resolution seeking to determine sea boundary between PH, Indonesia
The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution concurring in the ratification of the agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia concerning the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary.

Indonesia’s Central Bank Governor Unveils 5 Key Payments Initiative
Bank Indonesia Governor, Perry Warjiyo recently unveiled “Indonesia’s Payment System 2025 Vision” a strategic framework consisting of 5 key initiatives to future proof Indonesia’s payments ecosystem for a digital future.
— Fintech

Boeing finds wing defect, including among some MAX
Boeing announced Sunday that some of its medium-haul 737s, including the 737 MAX 8, could have a defective wing part, but that there had been no reports of flight issues linked to the defect.
— The Jakarta Post

EU wants cooperation over sustainable palm oil
Indonesia and the European Union need to further promote cooperation over sustainable palm oil to help ease the tension between Jakarta and Brussels over the latter’s move to phase out the use of crude palm oil in biofuel by 2030, an EU representative has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Administrative Issues; Jakarta LRT Launch Delayed Again
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the official launch of the Jakarta Light Rail Transit or LRT is pushed back again.

Indonesian unicorn wants to be Alibaba for Middle East’s Muslims
Indonesian e-commerce platform Bukalapak will target Muslims living across the Middle East as it strives to become the Islamic world’s answer to Amazon and Alibaba.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Fire Breaks in Aceh Prison
Blang Paseh Penitentiary, a II-B class prison in Aceh’s Pidie regency, caught fire at noon, Monday, June 3.

Gringgo Indonesia Foundation secures Google aid to help reduce plastic waste
The Bali-based Gringgo Indonesia Foundation has secured research funding and assistance from tech giant Google to develop artificial intelligence (AI) that would help the country’s ongoing efforts in sorting and reducing plastic waste.
— The Jakarta Post

Reshaping a Nation’s Logistics Sector: Singaporean Blockchain Company PLMP
Singaporean blockchain company PLMP Fintech has signed an MOU this afternoon with the Agency for Free Trade Zone and Free Port of Batam and Indonesian firm Central Distribusi Batam for the development of a multi-million project in partnership with the Ministry of Trade that aims at reshaping the whole country’s logistics sector starting from the biggest island of the Riau Province.
— Blockchain News

Extremism ‘still strong’ in Indonesian colleges
Muslims looking to impose Shariah across Indonesia are showing no-let up in their campaign to infiltrate state-run universities, according to a study conducted by an advocacy group promoting religious freedom.
— UCA News

Indonesia looks to boost exports to South America
SharesIndonesia seeks to promote economic cooperation with South American countries to increase its exports amid the global economic slowdown and the escalation of the United States-China trade war.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians rage at ‘injustice’ over maid’s killing
A month after a Malaysian court inexplicably acquitted the alleged killer of a 21-year-old Indonesian maid, anger and disbelief over the shock decision remain strong in Indonesia.
— UCA News

It’s time to speak Australia takes Indonesia seriously, starting with language
While a reset of the China relationship will be the primary focus for Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he reviews our international relations agenda, Indonesia must also be a priority.
— The West Australian

Choked by smog, Jakarta residents join forces to sue government for better air quality
Fed up with being choked by polluted air in Jakarta, 57 people have joined forces to sue the government over poor air quality in the capital.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Insurance firms look to go digital to tap into millennial market
The life insurance industry is looking to technological innovation to tap into Indonesia’s growing middle-class millennial market, which is expected to propel the sector’s growth over the next few years.
— The Jakarta Post

BNI apologizes for TapCash transaction failures
SharesUsers of TapCash — e-money issued by state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) – have been complaining about top-up failures, with money being debited from their accounts despite the transactions not going through.
— The Jakarta Post

Attempt to smuggle second clothes from Malaysia foiled
The task force of the Wanara Sakti 643 Mechanical Battalion has foiled an attempt to smuggle in second clothes worth Rp50 million from Malaysia at Berjongkok highway in Sambas district, West Kalimantan province over the …
— Antara News

Hotel occupancy in Yogyakarta reaches 90 percent during Eid: PHRI
The Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants in the Special Region of Yogyakarta estimates that occupancy rates of star hotels in this area will reach 90 percent during Eid 2019.
— Antara News

5-step plan to protect our forests
The most recent global survey of tree cover, released by Global Forest Watch, revealed a worrying panorama: the world lost 3.6 million hectares of old-growth rainforest in 2018, an area the size of Belgium.
— The Jakarta Post

ASEAN: Next Generation Episode 2 Full Show
Indonesia is on course to become the world’s 4th biggest economy by 2050.
— Bloomberg

In fintech race, Go-Jek app extends consumer credit to offline stores
Go-Pay, the digital payment arm of Indonesian ride-hailer Go-Jek, will extend a mobile credit service to brick-and-mortar stores starting next month, laying the foundation for a broader financial business targeting its millions of users.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesian Governor Suggests Genetically Engineering Komodo Dragons To Make Them Bigger
Komodo dragons are pretty badass creatures as they are intimidating, ferocious and terrifying. They can weigh up to 85kgs, chow down on pigs, deer, snakes, fish and water buffalos and their reddish salvia is venomous.

Indonesian netizens slam family planning board’s assertion that homosexuality hampers development
Another day, another mind-boggling assertion about the LGBT community in Indonesia.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Will Indonesians Buy More After Election Clouds Clear? Manufacturers Think So
Key benchmark surveys on Indonesia’s consumers and manufacturing sector have pointed to robust confidence among local buyers and businesses, which indicates higher demand in the economy in the near future.
— Jakarta Globe

Engaging local governments, communities in fight against forest fires
World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, highlights the global concern for “air pollution”.
— The Jakarta Post

Afghans to take cue from religious tolerance practiced in Ambon
Delegates from the Islamic State of Afghanistan will pay a visit to Ambon, Maluku Province, to gain insights into how religious tolerance is practiced in the city.
— Antara News

The relativity of the death penalty
Opposition to the death penalty has a long and quite public history in Australia. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug smugglers received support from artists, singers, actors, media personalities and sports stars, while a crowd of about a thousand people gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place calling on the Indonesian government to halt the executions.
— The interpreter

Indonesian fintech startup Bareksa targets to close Series B by July
Bareksa, a mutual fund marketplace platform in Indonesia, is in advanced talks with a host of investors to close its Series B funding round over the next few weeks, a top executive said.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Best places to visit for the ultimate Asia experience
Two centuries ago, trips to Asia were reserved for wealthy merchants, ambassadors and colonial elite who could afford grand and expensive voyages.

Exodus takes place smoothly two days before Idul Fitri
Based on monitoring by the Transportation Ministry, the seasonal exodus in a number of places — along toll roads and conventional roads as well as through seaports – took place smoothly on Monday, two days before Idul Fitri.
— The Jakarta Post

Some tourist destinations open on second day of Eid in Jakarta
A number of tourist destinations in Jakarta will be open on the second day of Eid Al-Fitr to provide alternative holiday activities for residents, according to the mandate of Governor Regulation No. 63 of 2018 concerning Optimizing Activities and Handling Visitors at Tourist Places on Certain Days.
— Antara News

NTT prepares fish to be exported through El Tari airport
Governor of East Nusa Tenggara Province Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, said that officials are preparing a variety of fish products to be exported directly to destination countries through El Tari Airport in the provincial capital Kupang.
— Antara News

Small Muslim community in East Java observes early Idul Fitri
As the majority of Muslims across the country await the official government announcement regarding the date of this year’s Idul Fitri, a small Muslim community in Wates village, Tulungagung regency, East Java, has already moved on ahead, celebrating the Islamic holy day on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

PJB ensures smooth electricity supply during Eid 2019
PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB) has ensured that the electricity supply from all generating units runs continuously during the 2019 Eid by preparing Eid Alert Posts to anticipate any disturbances.
— Antara News

Crossing routes to Rote and Sabu remain closed due to high waves: ASDP
General Manager of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Kupang Branch, Burhan Zahim, said crossing routes for Bolok-Rote Ndao and Bolok-Sabu Raijua remain temporarily closed due to high waves, which has made travel by ferry impossible.
— Antara News

Some Jayapura residents cancel homecoming plans due to high air prices
High prices for air tickets will cause some residents of Jayapura city in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua to cancel their homecoming plans to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr in their hometowns.
— Antara News

Is MUI beyond reform? Don’t be so sure
Indonesia’s peak clerical body, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI), is known for issuing sometimes controversial religious opinions on all matter of topics, from wishing Christians “Merry Christmas”, to Islamic banking, smoking, and even yoga. (link is external)
— University of Melborne

In search of credible zakat governance
Apart from fasting, Muslims are obliged to pay alms and zakat (tithes) during Ramadan.Zakat are mandatory alms that serve to purify the wealth of eligible Muslims with certain criteria and specific calculations.
— The Jakarta Post

Analysis: Next growth stage for Indonesian companies
These are times of change in Indonesia. Companies need to focus on the key challenges ahead: driving growth in a market environment where consumers are rapidly evolving.
— The Jakarta Post

SBY Shakes Hands with Megawati, Democrat: Good Sign
The Democrat Party said it was delighted when its chairman-cum-sixth Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or SBY shook hands with fifth Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri, who is also chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Kivlan Zen to Request Detention Delay
Burhanuddin, a legal attorney of Kivlan Zen, a former chief of staff of the Army’s Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) implicated in the case of possession of illegal firearm, will file for a detention delay for his client to the Jakarta Police on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Indonesia seeks to increase export of cacao to EU
​​​​​​The Indonesian government is ready to increase the export of cacao and its derivative products to European Union (EU) countries.
— Antara News


Feature photo InterContinental Bali Resort 

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Eid al-Fitr, June 4 – 5. 


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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